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Old movies, Old Music: Not Just Nostalgia

Open-mind-10021499Old movies via DVDs, as well as CDs of big band music or other favorites of our elders’ generation have long been used as a diversionary tactic. Now, Artists for Alzheimer’s (ARTZ) is spotlighting a new way that movies can be used to enhance the lives of people with Alzheimer's disease. ARTZ is a nonprofit based in Woburn, Mass. that creates cultural opportunities for people with dementia and their caregivers. 

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Communicating With Someone Who Has Dementia

GetImage.aspxDear Carol: My loving aunt raised me after my mother died. She’s only 61 but she’s developed Alzheimer’s, the type that they call younger onset. She’s in a nursing home and I visit several times a week but she often doesn’t know me. Sometimes she’s just staring off into space. When I’m there I take her to the dining room and feed her and talk to her. I also try to engage her in other ways but it seems hopeless. How do I let her know that I want to help her and, more importantly, show her that I love her? Meg

 

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Arts Improve Life Quality for Stroke Survivors and People with Alzheimer’s

...Theater has also been used as a type of therapy for people with Alzheimer’s disease. NPR reported on an outreach program at the Lookingglass Theater in Chicago that offers people with Alzheimer’s the chance to take part in improv theater. With this type of theater, people are able to live in the moment, which is natural to someone with Alzheimer’s. There was no struggle to remember the past or determine what to do in the future. According to the article, most of the participants leave the theater with a refreshed feeling of accomplishment. 

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10 Tips for Bathing Someone with Alzheimer's

As people with Alzheimer’s enter the middle stages of the disease they often become afraid of water. This fear means that caregivers can have a difficult time convincing them to bathe or shower. How should a caregiver approach this problem? 

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A New Legacy for iPod

Nearly any of us can experience a strong emotional response upon hearing the first chords of a song from a long-ago time in our lives. While many of us don’t think about this response in detail, Stan Cohen, a former social worker and technology professional did. When he discovered that nursing homes didn’t appear to be using personalized music on iPods for their residents, he decided that something had to be done about the situation.

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Living with Alzheimer’s: PBS Documentary, Glen Campbell Tour

When a loved one receives an Alzheimer’s diagnosis the whole family is affected. For most, the first stage is utter devastation. Yet the human spirit can be incredibly resilient. After going through the grieving process, the person diagnosed with the disease and his or her loved ones most often come to accept their altered life as a new normal. 

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Where Words Fail Music Speaks

Nearly any of us can experience a strong emotional response upon hearing the first chords of a song from a long-ago time in our lives. While many of us don’t think about this response in detail, Stan Cohen, a former social worker and technology professional did. When he discovered that nursing homes didn’t appear to be using personalized music on iPods for their residents, he decided that something had to be done about the situation.

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Delay Alzheimer’s Symptoms by Life-long Learning

Nearly all of us know that if we don’t use our muscles as we age, we’ll lose muscle mass. The same theory seems to hold true when it comes to keeping our minds sharp. Computer games, word games, crossword puzzles, Sudoku and other challenging mental pursuits have been advised as methods of keeping the mind healthy as we age. Now, a recent study has shown that by pursuing life-long learning, even people who are genetically at risk for Alzheimer’s disease may be able to stave off symptoms for years.

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Old movies, Old Music - Not Just About Nostalgia

Old movies via DVDs, as well as CDs of big band music or other favorites of our elders’ generation have long been used as a diversionary tactic. Now, Artists for Alzheimer’s (ARTZ) is spotlighting a new way that movies can be used to enhance the lives of people with Alzheimer’s disease. ARTZ is a nonprofit based in Woburn, Mass. that creates cultural opportunities for people with dementia and their caregivers.

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Music Can Soothe Agitation, Stimulate Memory in Dementia

In his 70s, my dad underwent surgery meant to correct worsening issues from a World War II brain injury. Instead of helping prevent dementia, as the surgery was meant to do, it sent him into a severe form of the disease from which he never recovered. There was little left in Dad’s post-surgery life that could bring him real joy. But music could.

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